Dimitra Gkatzia’s webpage

I am a lecturer (similar to assistant prof in US and elsewhere) of computing at Edinburgh Napier University. Bmeefore that, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Heriot-Watt University investigating ways of information presentation of uncertain data. Prior to this, I completed my PhD at the same university researching AI techniques for summarising time-series data in natural language. I also hold a masters on Artificial Intelligence with distinction from Heriot-Watt University. My main research interest is Natural Language Generation, i.e. the process of generating language automatically from non-linguistic data such as time-series data, database entries etc.


  • NVidia donated a GPU for our research on Deep Learning.
  • Two new papers on Natural Language Generation for Spanish were accepted at INLG and EMNLP-ScLEM.
  • I was elected to serve on the board of the ACL Special Interest Group on Natural Language Generation (2017 – 2020).
  • I was awarded the Fellowship of Higher Education Academy (HEA). 
  • I am the Tutorials and Invited Talks chair for INLG 2017 (to be held in Santiago De Compostella).
  • I am always looking for talented Computer Scientists who want pursue a PhD on Natural Language Technologies. Please contact me if you intend to apply. 

Research Team

  • Nick Panagiaris (PhD student): Referring Expression Generation in Complex Real-World Cluttered Scenes
  • Alumni

  • Christina Barros (research visitor from University of Alicante): Generating Inflected Verbs using Machine Learning
  • Lewis Sharpe (summer 2016 – now PhD candidate at Heriot-Watt): Referring Expression Generation for Objects in Real-World Scenes


  • Ph.D in computer Science, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK (2011 – 2014)
  • MSc in Artificial Intelligence, Distinction, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK (2010 – 2011)
  • BSc (Hons) in Education Technology and Digital Systems, 2.1, University of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece (2004 – 2009)